Boyd Matheson: When it's the president vs. the press, America loses

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  • Moderator Nauvoo, IL
    Aug. 15, 2018 2:24 p.m.

    It would be better if we had an objective press that tried to report facts. Instead, we have a MSM that is activist, and wishes to make news, not report it. here is an article from Breitbart outlining the non-balanced nature of the media:

    "Whenever I release an audio recording without visual, national networks will not play that audio, period. A lot of their producers tell me that’s because they simply cannot verify the recording. We have an unreliable [and] non-credible person doing this recording — which every major media will admit [Omarosa Maginault-Newman] not credible; so why are they playing audio tapes without video?

    “This is a crazy story in so many ways, because the media keeps calling her unreliable,” said O’Keefe. “The ethics of the media’s behavior [are] unconscionable and with an extreme double standard"

    “[CNN says] you have to take the tape’s word for it, so it’ll be very interesting going into the fall when we release our videos, to screenshot all these responses and use it against them.”

    “If I did [what Manigault-Newsman did], I’d be in jail,” remarked O’Keefe. “If I recorded in the Situation Room, I would be sitting in federal prison."

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Aug. 15, 2018 1:24 p.m.

    Re: "When it's the president vs. the press, America loses"

    Actually, when Republicans win, America loses. And of course, Republican politicians hate the press. Why? Because the legitimate press strives to tell the truth, and the truth rarely coincides with what Republican politicians tell us.

    Hey Patriot -

    Re: " . . . the coverage for president Trump from CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBC, ABC , the NY Times and Washington Post has been 97% negative. Yes 97% negative! Incredible."

    Actually, that's very credible. What is not credible is the lying Donald J Trump and his mendacious administration.

    I'm amazed the press can truthfully say anything good about Trump even 3% of the time! Do you want the press to lie? For the press to say more positive things about Trump, the press would have to lie.

    Re: "So how was Obama covered by these same media cites? 90% positive. A complete flip."

    EXACTLY. That's because Obama was a LEGITIMATE POTUS. Trump, on the other hand, is Putin's puppet, and his policies help Russia by weakening America. Obama is NOT even remotely like Trump. Obama is a REAL patriot, not a pretend patriot. Hence, the differing press coverage.

    . . . See the difference now?

  • Antidote To Chaos Toronto-Canada, 00
    Aug. 14, 2018 12:10 p.m.

    The New York Times is owned by Hillary supporter and Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim. How can anyone expect it to be objective when it comes to Trump?

    This is just one example of the Mexican meddling in our electoral process. Why should the press be trusted when they are advocating for Mexico over the United States?

  • Candidate Jackson Sandy, UT
    Aug. 12, 2018 2:15 p.m.

    If the Russian meddling does include sowing the seeds of discord, as Matheson suggests, should we not wonder how far this goes? Are they egging us on in our debates on race, guns, flags, and so forth?
    Perhaps the saying that, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade," has an application. These are times when we can reflect on our policies and our actions -- whether we speak of guns or immigration or whatever. If Russia is egging on the debates, then let us use that momentum to get us to think about what we are doing wrong, and how we should change. Instead of letting the Russians divide us, it would be wonderful if we united in a determination to solve our problems. We can come out a better nation if we determine to right our wrongs.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Aug. 12, 2018 1:57 p.m.

    At the end of his column, Matheson suggests that if there is one area Russia meddling is succeeding, it is in sowing discord. Do we suppose that if the Russians are using the social media during the campaign season, they turn off their efforts as soon as the election is over? No, I think their efforts continue. And, divide and conquer might be much of what they do. We might wonder whether we are but dupes of the Russians when we hate certain politicians.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 11, 2018 10:20 p.m.

    When it's the current president, America loses.

  • The Meliorist CA, 00
    Aug. 11, 2018 9:57 a.m.

    Some commenters are claiming that the press is reporting 97% negative stories on Trump.

    With a president who is racist (Charlottetown), narcissistic (bragging about inauguration turnout), bullying (see every other tweet), and Russia loving (perhaps comprised), I don't think that's bias. Trump has just proven to only do things right 3% of the time.

    What some call media bias, most call accurate reporting on an incompetent politician.

  • Sugarpine Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 9:34 p.m.

    A free press also assumes a fair press. An unbiased press. A press corp that is made up JOURNALISTS. In the past the profession expelled these pretend-journalists - like Dan Rather. Today the profession protects them, covers for them, even lauds them - like this Acosta character.

    Since we no longer have journalists (objective by definition), there is no such thing as an unbiased press. Therefore it matters not whether they are “free” or respected.

    Our press today resembles that of Russia. Controlled and dominated by one dogma and biased against all others. What is the difference between Russia’s Communist Agenda controlling the press and America’s Liberal Agenda doing the same? Neither country has a truly “free press”.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 11:49 a.m.

    Let's sum up the pro-Trump position: Fake news = news I don't like. Journalists pointing out lies and corruption are "fake news" vendors because they are telling me something I don't want to hear.

  • Andres Albuquerque, NM
    Aug. 9, 2018 8:46 p.m.

    Wrong. What you refer to as the "press" is unrecognizable

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 5:34 p.m.

    @one old man,

    I will oblige you with a headline (currently available on this website) in particular that is a perfect example of a "false story."

    "In a change, Trump says meeting's purpose was Clinton info"

    The headline itself is fake and everything in the article is also fake. There is not a "change" in Trump's story on the meeting of his son with a Russian Lawyer. He admitted that that meeting occurred well over a year ago; and at that time said that the purpose for the meeting was dirt digging on Clinton; but when that turned out to be a bait; they turned to talk policy over adoptions.

    Further, Trump said he was unaware of the meeting at that time, but certainly learned about it later. So, his story hasn't changed at all... only the fake media's claims that his recent tweet about the meeting was a change in his story.

    It is as if they presume that all Americans have a super short memory and they forgot that the president had already clarified that meeting well over a year ago.

    That is a perfect example of fake stories in the media, in this case they cherry pick Trump's statements from a long time ago and keep harping on old news yet claiming it is new news.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Aug. 9, 2018 12:33 p.m.

    Hey Scrappy do -

    Re: “ . . . every Republican president has to deal with the major press outlets (who try to maintain that they are unbiased and don't lean left... ha ha).... well their bias led directly to the creation of conservative talk radio and Fox.”


    The destruction of the Fairness Doctrine by the Reagan administration is what led to the creation of conservative talk radio and Fox “News.” If the Fairness Doctrine were still in effect, neither conservative talk radio nor Fox “News” would exist.

    The Fairness Doctrine shot down lies before they could gain momentum and sway the public.

    Stifling the truth is what led to conservative talk radio and Fox "News.” A culture of lying now forms the backbone of the GOP. The most prolific liar in the world now leads the GOP party by acclamation. Why do you think that is?

    Yesterday, Trump’s very first supporter in Congress was charged with insider trading. Trump’s campaign manager is in jail and will soon be in prison for his dirty dealings with America’s Russian enemies. Meanwhile, Trump’s deputy campaign manager is begging for leniency.

    Thanks to Reagan and 30 years of lies, a culture of dishonesty now dominates the GOP.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 10:58 a.m.

    I am sorry Boyd but I have to disagree with many of your comments.

    When this president won this election he did so without the mandate of the voters. He lost by 3 million votes to his opponent. Yet he governs in such way as to further aggravate the situation. His bombastic ridiculing and degrading manner in which he verbally treats others is totally unbecoming and should be criticized.

    Time and time again he fails in taking advantage of opportunities to bring people together. He does not seem to recognize that he rules all the people of this country and not just his minority base of supporters.

    The press should shame the President.

  • thunderbolt7 Dutch John, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 9:27 a.m.

    The press is its own worst enemy. Many are rude, abusive, and biased. Jim Acosta is a political agitator, not a journalist. Their political biases are disgusting. Often their questions are irrelevant except to embarrass the President. 90% of the press is hostile and act as agents of the Democrat party. Moreover, they are not trustworthy and people are stuck trying to figure out if the news is fake or not. Who wants to wade through journalistic pieces laden with bias?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 9:21 a.m.

    Matheson missed the boat on this. This fight is all on Trump. It is his fault. Matheson misrepresents Acosta, who is only asking the Trump Administration to come out and say that the media is not the enemy of the people and of the nation. They refuse. Trump is the one who made the claim about the media. And he determined to pick out CNN, and Acosta as the guy assigned to the White House, to wage his campaign. Ironically, CNN is in the middle, neither left nor right. Acosta is right to push back, so when Matheson says Acosta is consumed with contempt for Trump, I take offense. And poor Sarah Sanders blaming the media for the comments of a comedian at a dinner where everyone takes shots is the epitome of victimhood. That is not a reason to label the media as the enemy of the people. It's not a reason to constantly go after CNN as part of Trump's manipulative games. Sanders dishes it out, but won't take even legitimate criticism. Matheson misses the real problem, but perhaps it's because he is an ardent Trump guy who has to make a moral equivalency argument.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 8:49 a.m.

    "Sarah Sanders then laid out that Acosta, and most of the reporters in the room, had sat smugly at the Correspondence Dinner while a comedian attacked Sander’s appearance"

    Which is an outright lie. No one attacked her appearance. Watch the video. Michelle Wolf made fun of the way she always lies to the press and the American people. The line was “She burns facts and she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye.” That is NOT 'attacking her appearance', its attacking the way she CONSTANTLY lies. But then facts dont matter to trump supporters anyway.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 8:38 a.m.

    The press should have blacked out the Helsinki press conference. Why should anyone know about matters that are bound to be uniformly criticized?

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 7:24 a.m.

    I wonder if the 97% negative figure includes quoting Trump's tweets verbatim. That could create quite a negative impression all by itself.

  • "Hakuna Matata" Vernal, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 4:17 a.m.

    Life is not supposed to be questionless. Society cannot function without questions. A society without questions is inhabited by robots. I sure hope we are not striving to become a non-free thinking society. An elected and then sitting POTUS, a GOP or DNC member is supposed to be able to face the press and answer questions whether he or she feels like the press is either biased or unbiased because he or she is the official elected Spokesperson for the Country.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 12:25 a.m.

    "It should be noted that while President Trump’s railing against the press is unbecoming and unnerving, it is far from unprecedented. "

    In fact President Trump's blanket labeling of the press as "enemies of the people" is unprecedented.

    Your statement reflects a growing accommodation of Trump at your paper and I don't know what to make of it.

  • Unreconstructed Reb BE, 00
    Aug. 8, 2018 11:50 p.m.

    "While presidents and the press aren’t likely to agree on what balanced, principled and fair reporting is, they should agree on the importance of the difficult dance they do together and the need for mutual respect."

    This starts out strong, but then quickly becomes bogged down in nonsensical equivocating. Yes, the relationship between White House and the press is often turbulent, but it has never reached "enemy of the people" rhetoric, a phrase so fraught with historical meaning that it is shocking that it is being freely bandied about in 21st century America.

    This administration lies. It does so repeatedly. The press has exposed these lies. If the coverage is so negative, it is because of what this White House does. Except on Fox, which is all but an explicit propaganda arm of the administration with the president live-tweeting its shows and promoting its anchors' books.

    And the line that Trump is only against "fake news"? He generates fake news daily with mendacity and gaslighting. It is clear that fake news is news which he doesn't like, and when a significant percentage of his followers think he should be empowered to shut down fake news, the DN should call that out.

  • KanataHal Ottawa, 00
    Aug. 8, 2018 10:53 p.m.

    Unbiased news reporting is a very high standard. I would be content to have believable news again. The news industry has become like infotainment - incapable of creating anything, biased or not, that will affect the incumbent president. They have tons of evidence yet cannot seem to land a knock-out punch, to use a sports analogy. Reporters must develop more credibility for the whole of the United States to believe them. This simply is not going to happen with compressed, sensationalized stories sandwiched between glitzy car ads. Someone must take the time and effort (and risk) to uncover the truth. Of course, journalists are only as good as their editors, who must answer to their shareholders and ad managers - whoever is doing the underwriting. So in a way, I can see President Trump's point, though not excusing him.

  • Nichol Draper West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 10:11 p.m.

    There were elections yesterday. I couldn't tell from the headlines who won. I went to Trump's twitter account to see who he congratulated. Now, people claim Trump lies? To whom does Trump lie? To the Washington Post, their fact check is so wrong that it has its own fact check on Youtube now. There is a lot of my guy didn't win so I'm going to through a tantrum with the press. Go ahead, the #walkaway movement is gaining momentum.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 10:01 p.m.

    Free Speach and freedom of the press means we have to put up with the negativity and false reporting. When ever a Republican is president, the bias of the press is on display. When a Democrat is president, they give the President a free pass since they support almost everything being done. With President Trump it is even worse because of the hate they have for him, combined with the fact he fights back at every turn. The press is not used to dealing with a President who fights back, who unafraid, and has a support block that cheers him on.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 9:43 p.m.

    It's not the presses fault that the president is a pathological liar,
    he lies about big things,
    he lies about small things,
    he lies about personal matters,
    he lies about political matters,
    he lies about international things,
    he lies about the lie he told the day before.

    If you continue to trust such a person, than that is a choice to ignore reality, this is not bias, it's a fact. When donald tries to redefine definitions it's to your disadvantage to follow him.

    It's not about the press, it about the excuse made for a person not fit for office.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 9:21 p.m.

    wazzup asks : "BTW, does freedom of the press permit false stories to be printed?"

    I'd like to ask wazzup to provide a list of false stories that have been printed.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 9:19 p.m.

    Yes, but never in our history have we had a "president" like this one who is an avowed enemy of truth.

  • eigerjoe Sandy, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 8:38 p.m.

    Boyd Matheson, you have this backwards. It should be "When it's the press vs. the President, America loses". President Trump was elected by people of America. But the liberal left-wing media has been overwhelming negative regarding this president 97% of the time. The media is obviously anti-Trump and obviously opposed to the choice made by the people of America who elected him. When the press opposes the president elected by the people - America loses.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 8:03 p.m.

    I find much to agree with in this opinion piece. While I respect the presidency immensely, I have no respect for the current holder of this office. He has not earned it. On the contrary, he has done nothing but denigrate the office. I cannot defend the indefensible and Trump doesn't deserve such a defense. Until he behaves better, the media will continue to report his actions and that won't be good for Trump.

  • kbee Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 7:32 p.m.

    “Enemy of the people” are just words that should really mean“LIES are the enemy of the people.”Whoever tries to blind the American people with lies, half truths and leaving information out is the enemy of the people. This applies to News shows, journalists, politicians, presidents, talk show hosts and people who repeat info without verification. etc It is poison coming from both sides. It is rampant. It is power and money based. It is sickening. It is seen even in the comments submitted here. It has always existed and will always exist until someday truth will prevail

  • eigerjoe Sandy, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 6:59 p.m.

    A little advise to the media, don't start a fight and expect your victim or victims not to fight back. The liberal left-wing media hates President Trump and can't hide it no matter how hard they try to deny it. Recently, Facebook, YouTube, and Google launched an all out war on conservatives and their websites by shutting them down and justify their actions by say they have to do it to save democracy. The liberal left-wing media has started the war - they shouldn't be surprised to hear the other side call them out as enemies.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 6:40 p.m.

    Too many of the press have gotten away from true investigative reporting and reporting of facts, whichever party or whatever individual these facts may support. You only have to listen to them for 5 minutes to know who they personally pushing or supporting as a party, candidate or policy view. Part of the challenge as well is you have to look at who owns these news outlets as they likely have to push the views of their owners as well in many cases.

    There are many reporters that give their best efforts and talents to their professions and do outstanding reporting. Some even give their lives to report the truth. Or, are living in very dangerous circumstances to bring us news of what is going on in the world. They should be honored and have our full support.

    This is the first president I am aware of other than Nixon that constantly hammers at the press day and night and pushes the message of the press being the enemy of the people. It is tragic. It sounds like something Putin, Kim, Mugabe, and many other dictators would say. It is not what you expect to hear from the president of the U.S. - a country that supports the free press as part of our democracy and Constitution.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 6:38 p.m.

    Say what you will but Obama sat down with Bill O'Reilly -- twice -- before Fox's Super Bowl broadcasts. You know, that conservative pundit who left Fox News in disgrace.

    When Trump sits down with Anderson Cooper or Rachel Maddow, even on a week night, . . . oh wait, that will stand as much of a chance happening as Trump appearing on "American Ninja Warriors".

    Actually, less of a chance.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 6:36 p.m.

    Trump lies a lot but the media is the problem?

    Trump stated the unemployment rate was 20 percent during his campaign but now he boast of the the low unemployment.

    Trump stated the tax cuts will spur economic enough to erase the deficit but it is a lie.

    I could go on.

  • Light and Liberty St George, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 6:20 p.m.

    The majority of the opinions expressed here show that there are many Americans capable of sifting through the crap that is delivered across the media. The media ought to take note, instead of treating many Americans as if they can be deluded with biased reporting. When Trump says 'fake news', he basically is only stating what a majority of Americans know as 'fake'. They are very patient with the news media, giving them every bit of space to report without bias, but when they don't, common sense kicks in for the readers and they do some thinking to reach their own conclusions, conclusions that are increasingly at odds with the mainstream media. Get it right, without the contempt and your own determination to tell us how to think and guess what? We might start believing you are capable of doing your job.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 6:19 p.m.

    This comes off sounding like Trump's "there were good people on both sides" comment after Charlottesviile. Jim Acosta bad! Sara Huckabee Sanders victim! If the writer (a media member himself) cannot provide one example of Jim Acosta being a bad journalist, then maybe he should not have been singled out.

    Sam Donaldson asked much more aggressive questions than Jim Acosta ever will and he caused several presidents a great deal of grief. No one ever said Sam Donaldson was a bad journalist. He was, in fact, a Republican, the son of a New Mexico rancher.

    When Trump denigrates journalists of color, Jim Acosta, April Ryan, Don Lemon, people should be able to do the math. Someone with an Hispanic surname really gets under Trump's skin. Like that's a big surprise.

    When Assad talks about "fake news" -- as he did recently -- it's easy to see autocrats and dictators glomming onto that term to further suppress their people. 43% of Republicans in a recent poll were in favor of Trump shutting down the media. That's the slope we are sliding down and it's very alarming.

  • California Steve Hanford, CA
    Aug. 8, 2018 5:16 p.m.

    I’m tough. Hurt away Mr. President.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 4:57 p.m.

    "I swore an oath - to the death - to "support and protect the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic". "...and THAT my friends is why I fight Donald Trump "

    Funny, Trump is the constitutionally elected President, the commander and chief of the nation. Here is the oath that you took.

    "I, (state name of enlistee), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will OBEY THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."

    "...and THAT my friends is why I fight ... all Republicans each and everyday! " And fight against the constitution each and every day. Do you hate democracy that much?

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    Aug. 8, 2018 4:49 p.m.

    The premise of the headline is flawed. The headline should read, "When It's The Press vs The President, America Loses". The press is not some monolith, but the MSM is unitedly anti-Trump, pro-socialist democrat. They cannot be trusted and in all honesty, must be refuted at every turn.

  • Sutton Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 4:49 p.m.

    wazzup -
    "...they were lapdogs for Obama. In fact, during one press briefing, the media chanted Obama, Obama."

    Why do you lie???

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 4:41 p.m.

    America long ago lost; because "The Press" long ago abandoned their mandates... instead of balanced reporting of fact and keeping our government in check; they have aligned themselves (and I mean ALL the Press even this website) to partisan politics; and every single report is biased; and when reporting on the government itself; even more biased.

    The current President has only honed in on the people's distrust of the press to garner votes... so our current president's attack on the press is nothing more than a symptom of the larger problem, the press's utter abandonment of principled and unbiased reporting of factual information.

  • PeakBagger1 Heber City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 4:22 p.m.

    The press ceased to exist when they decided to “build narratives” for advocacy and opinion over unbiased truth. Trump lit the dumpster fire but the “press” provided the trash.

  • Rubydo Provo, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 4:09 p.m.

    When members of the media held their women’s march rally and had Madonna make threats on the White House and was cheered, they are enemies of the people. When Peter Fonda said that Trumps son should be locked up in a cage with pedophiles is yet another example or when Bill Maher and his cronies say that they hope that the economy implodes in order to hurt Trumps presidency, they are enemies of the people. No one in the media calls out their own for making these statements which make them not only an enemy but a threat.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 3:56 p.m.

    The Jim Acosta fake news at the political rally. Jim is as inartistic as the president. An honest review of the tapes notes Jim was not reporting on the rally as much as to goad the people at the rally. He took a position above the people to be on a visual line to the podium. A prominent position. One photo showed him facing the rally goers, not addressing his cameras but goading the crowd.Then there is the extremist language used by his cohorts in the press claiming his life was being threatened, his statement of not being in America. No Jim Acosta manufactured the situation at the rally.

    The next briefing he went after Ms. Sander's to goad her into making his statement. He will do what ever he can to make a false news out of any event so he can look important.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Aug. 8, 2018 3:33 p.m.

    "The press has a purpose to report and shine a light, free from bias and agenda, with transparency and accountability."

    This simply does not happen. Pres. Trump is right when he called out the left-leaning press as fake news. I would add just one thing: propaganda mongers.

  • Oh Really? Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 3:04 p.m.

    "The president's contempt for media is well established and is reciprocated by many in the national media."

    The assumption here is that Trump had contempt first. Looking back at the campaign, I do not think that is so.

    Also, I am less concerned about "foreign influence" than I am the domestic wrongs they uncovered:

    - The Clintons, their foundation, and "Pay-for-play" contributions from foreign governments while she was Secretary of State.
    - The Democratice Party undermining Bernie in favor of the Clinton Campaign.
    - Bill Clinton meeting with the Attorney General to get her to back off investigating Hillary and her MANY illegal activities. (and Bill and Hillary were likely backed up by Obama in pressuring the AG. If not, then just how much power do the Clintons wield even without her being elected? That is a scary thought.)

    This doesn't include the fact that Hillary and Obama gave ISIS weapons in Libya that eventually made it to Syria.

    Trump is seriouisly flawed -- and better for America than Hillary.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 2:47 p.m.

    Obama and Clinton only had to deal with Fox and talk radio

    every Republican president has to deal with the major press outlets (who try to maintain that they are unbiased and don't lean left... ha ha).... well their bias led directly to the creation of conservative talk radio and Fox.

    Americans are not dumb, they know that CNN, MSNBC, & NBC are way left of center.. The others, still left but not so much... but add in the fact that they cannot stand Trump and that he won't back down or remain silent (especially like George W Bush) and you can see why there is a war going on here

  • prof22 Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 2:05 p.m.

    I am an independent and really do not care for Trump as a person. But I am, as one who use to watch and appreciate the news on CNN, completely dumbfounded at the overtly biased and negative news coverage from the liberal media against Trump, especially CNN. Things have changed drastically in this country since the time Obama arrived in office. There is no longer any objective journalism from the mainstream media. That's just a fact. I do not like Trump as a "person," but you do have to admit, whether for him or against him, whether liberal or conservative, that the "things" he has done so far are, for the most part, the very things he said he would do. I do not care for his weird, narcissistic personality, but I do agree with and support many of the things he has done so far: lower taxes, trade, foreign policy, SCOTUS picks, booming economy, lowest black and Hispanic unemployment ever (and no...not crumbs for jobs, but real jobs...unlike BHO), and the list goes on. I always have considered voting for both liberals and conservatives, but DEMS have move so far left (no borders, no ICE, free everything, identity politics, hate Trump, etc.) that I feel a complete disassociation w them

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 8, 2018 1:47 p.m.

    "The press has a purpose to report and shine a light, free from bias and agenda, with transparency and accountability. "

    That's right "free from bias and agenda". When CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, NYT, etc is 95%+ negative coverage of Trump,....How can anyone think these MSM are not bias with 95%+ negative?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 8, 2018 1:42 p.m.

    What would "positive coverage" of Trump look like?
    Should the press decline to report instances when the President:
    -Lies to us?
    -Claims victory over NoK when there is no such victory?
    -Claims the Russians do not interfere with our elections when everyone knows that they do?
    -Claims he knows nothing about payoffs to various "female friends," when the evidence clearly indicates otherwise?
    -Promises to deliver the world's best healthcare and delivers nothing?
    -Claims credit for a swell in the economy that was well underway long before he came to power?
    Would Trump supporters feel better if the press covered none of those things?

  • AC_68 Provo, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 1:27 p.m.

    "For the president to call the press the enemy of the people is actually an attack on the American people"
    But that's not what the President said.

    He said "The FAKE NEWS media..." Not all news is fake news. I didn't take him to mean the entire free press. People! Donald Trump is just not that dumb.

    And look here: A quick google search - a CBS news story from August 2nd by Kathryn Watson, a full week ago: "President Trump on Thursday clarified that not all members of the media are the "enemy of the people," just the "FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media."

    A large percentage? Maybe it is. Because even in this DN opinion, the President gets misquoted.

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 1:21 p.m.

    Under Trump they are over zealous watchdogs to the point of writing false stories vs. they were lapdogs for Obama. In fact, during one press briefing, the media chanted Obama, Obama. So it's about time someone fought back against the biased media who are on the same team as Democrats. Glad Trump is calling them out.

    BTW, does freedom of the press permit false stories to be printed?

  • Jeremiah S Fielding, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 1:14 p.m.

    I'm with you except on the Acosta thing. I really don't think he has been contemptuous--he has, however, been targeted by Mr. Trump and has been treated poorly because he spoke up. He was treated very badly at a recent rally--directly because the President egged the crowd on and created a dangerous situation.

    I don't like what what said about Ms. Sanders; however, it should not have been that difficult for her to say the words "The Press is not the enemy of the people", but somehow it was. There is a huge difference between tasteless jokes at a correspondence dinner and actually being an enemy of the people.

    The First Freedoms are just too important for dangerous rhetoric like "enemy of the people". If you can't see that, I don't think you understand America.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 8, 2018 12:56 p.m.

    It is the job of the press to be a watchdog - not a cheerleader - for the people in power. JFK was tight with the Washington media, and that probably was not a good thing in the middle of the Cold War.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, WA
    Aug. 8, 2018 12:45 p.m.

    I sworn and oath - to the death - to "support and protect the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic".

    Not an oath of loyalty to a man, like the Nazis did.

    Last time I read it,
    "Freedom of the Press" was inscribed in the Constitution and Donald Trump is attacking it.

    ...and THAT my friends is why I fight Donald Trump [anyone supporting and defending him -- aka, all Republicans] each and everyday!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 8, 2018 12:45 p.m.

    According to surveys and actual data collected, the coverage for president Trump from CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBC, ABC , the NY Times and Washington Post has been 97% negative. Yes 97% negative! Incredible. Also all the incredible economic news such as a GDP of 4.1% or record low unemployment or historic tax cuts for the middle class and all the great news about our North Korean hostages getting released or other Trump successes get zero coverage on these media cites. So how was Obama covered by these same media cites? 90% positive. A complete flip. So with a grossly bias and abusive media what is the Trump team supposed to do? Lay down? I lay the blame 100% at the media. These media sites aren't news anymore -- they are advocates for far left ideology and nothing more. Fox News is #1 in the country for cable and network news and there is a reason for that rating -- people trust Fox. Yes Fox opinion hours are conservative but Fox also has plenty of liberals on Fox and Friends and other shows. There is a mix. There are zero conservatives on these other media sites and thus zero balance. People aren't stupid.